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Kitchener, Ont.-based contractor fined for pair of fall-related injuries on industrial job site


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March 17, 2020 by On-Site Staff

An Ontario contractor taking on a renovation project at an industrial plant in Kitchener, Ont. has been fined $55,000 for an incident that left two workers with fall-related injures in July 2018.

Ball Construction Inc. pleaded guilty to falling short of provincial safety regulations — specifically section 26.1(1) of Ontario Regulation 213/91 — in a courtroom March 3.

The incident involved two workers employed by a subcontractor, the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development said. In order to make space to operate an elevated work platform, the two workers were moving wooden wall sections, which, unknown to them, had been laid over an abandoned press pit.

Previous crews had circled the pit with caution tape and pylons, but had not stopped short of placing guardrails, as required by safety requirements. While working together to pick up the wall sections, both workers fell into the approximately three-metre-deep pit and were injured.

Along with the $55,000 fine, Ball will be required to pay the customary 25 per cent surcharge into the province’s fund to assist victims of crime.